For the month of February, you can get the audio version of the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett. We consider WHH a must-read for those doing work in developing countries, especially Haiti. It is has been the one resource we have those who serve on short-term mission trips to read to understand more of our philosophy of mission and why we do what we do. Getting the audio of this book will be a great way to redeem the commute or listen while exercising, doing yardwork, etc. Check it out!
I know we have been offline for the year, but that is not because we have been without work! In the coming weeks, we are looking to update the website more, including a little facelift. In the meantime, I thought I’d provide a little summary of what God has graciously allowed us to do this year.
This year, we held two national training conferences and three regional training conferences. In January, the first national conference was on God’s Word: It’s Nature and Effect in Life and Ministry. In December, the second national conference was on Behold Your God: The Character and Attributes of God. Both conferences were attended by pastors, deacons, orphan school teachers, and soon-to-be pastors (roughly 65 in all). At the close of each conference, each person received a certificate of participation and had opportunity to share how the training impacted their lives and will be used in their church and community. In the December conference, the director of Haiti National Television attended along with his television crew and journalists who reported on the conference through national news. Through these conferences, several theological resources were given to every attendee, including J.I. Packer’s Knowing God and John Piper’s 50 Reasons Christ Came to Die.
The regional conferences provided more tailored training, and they took place through our church partnerships in Port-au-Prince, Desarmes, and Saint-Marc. The themes for these training opportunities included gospel-centered discipleship, the purpose of Christ’s death, and an exegetical/expositional walk through 2 Timothy to know more of the marks of a biblical church leader.
Next month, over 60 pastors, deacons, and orphan school teachers from across our 13 churches in Haiti will come together for our third annual 3-day conference put on by The Haiti Collective. We are excited to have a team of 10 pastors from five states going down to pour the Word of God into these leaders! The focus this year is on the nature and importance of Scripture for life and ministry. It is our hope and prayer that one of the key distinguishing aspects of our churches and their leadership is a deep love for God’s Word and commitment to preach, teach, and live it out!
This indigenous network of church leaders coming to the conference requires financial support from partners of THC. These men and women have invested their lives in leading local churches, all of whom at this point are unable to financially support their leadership teams. Without the generous assistance of others through THC, these leaders simply would not be able to travel across the country and have the opportunity of receiving three days of intensive instruction and encouragement from God’s Word.
This upcoming Haitian Bible Conference will take place January 7-9, 2013, and we ask for your prayers as our team of ten pastors are actively preparing their messages. We also ask that you consider investing in the theological education of these church leaders by giving a year-end financial gift which will help cover the cost of travel and hotel accommodations for men and women hungry to know God’s Word. To do that, we need to raise $8,750 by the end of 2012, and with your help we believe we can reach that goal!
No gift is too great or small. We seriously and sincerely appreciate all the support from you who believe in the work we are doing in Haiti. For there to be long-term reformation and revival in Haiti, it begins with a serious investment of the Word of God into leaders of churches. We long to see that happen, and with these small beginnings, we believe God will use them for His glory.
To give online, simply click on the link below.
If you would like to write a check, you can make it out to “The Haiti Collective” and mail to the following address:
The Haiti Collective
Attn: Bible Conference
P.O. Box 150064
Cape Coral, FL 33915
Thank you for joining us in stewarding this open door God has provided to train church leaders in Haiti!
2012 Bible Conference
2011 Bible Conference
Foundational to our work in Haiti is providing sustainable orphan care through local churches. When we began our work in 2011, we started with developing a food distribution system in Haiti to provide at least two meals a day for nearly 1,600 orphans. Within months of ministering to orphans, we realized that many of the children were becoming sick and hospitalized due to inadequate supply of clean drinking water. Searching for a solution, we connected with Sawyer Filters to implement water purification systems throughout our orphan schools and strategic placements in surrounding communities. To synthesize the work of providing food, water, and education for the orphans, we created what is called the Libere Initiative.
Over the past year, we have been able to provide over one million meals for orphans as well as 130 water purification systems, capable of providing approximately 65,000 gallons of purified water every day of the year. As a result, our orphans are not easily vulnerable to water-born diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery, meaning less hospital emergencies and more opportunity for healthy grow and continued education.
In 2013, our hope is to have a fully funded orphan care program. Though we were not able to reach our goal last year, we still were able to make a significant difference in the health and vitality of orphans. This year, we hope to take it a step further by also investing in the church-based education of the children as well by strengthening our investment in leadership and practical training of teachers. Together then, the Libere Initiative is all about providing food, clean water, and quality education for all 1,600 orphans under our care.
That’s right. In one sense, that may sound like a lot of money. But when you consider over one million meals, hundreds of water purification systems, and the investment in church-based education of 1,600 children over the course of an entire year, $65,000 is remarkably small. In fact, it comes down to 10¢ a day for each orphan to be cared for with these three basic/fundamental needs (food, water, education).
How You Can Help
We simply cannot meet this goal by ourselves. We are a small network of churches serving a big God who can meet our every need. But we know God uses means to accomplish His purposes, and those means are people He has entrusted resources, supplies, and money to fuel the mission. Here are some ways you can help!
- Pray – ask God to supply us with means to meet this great need
- Share – use your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) to introduce this need to others who could join us
- Invite – invite your small group, Sunday school class, or church to get involved in caring for orphans in Haiti through Libere 2013
- Give – support Libere 2013 by giving financially to help us meet this financial goal
By clicking the “Donate” button above, you can give directly to Libere 2013. If would like to send support via, please make checks out to “Grace Baptist Church – Haiti Collective” and mail to:
The Haiti Collective
P.O. Box 150064
Cape Coral, FL 33915
If you have any questions about Libere 2013, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. May God be pleased to glorify Himself through our humble efforts to do good to “the least of these” in the needy country of Haiti.